Four generations of the original pioneer family have run the European-style Lake Clear lodge and Retreat surrounded by 25 acres of colorful Adirondack scenery and 175 feet of private New York lakefront. For more than a century, inviting accommodations and delicious German cuisine have been offered amid an Old World ambiance. Cathy and Ernest Hohmeyer share a sense of place they call the “Adirondack spirit,” offering interpretive vacation experiences and educational features with passion and experience.
The historic significance of Lake Clear Lodge is also important for its part in being a strategic commerce point. Originally the Great Woods were only accessible by Indian trails and water routes. The scenic beauty and the railroad, with a New York City connection to Lake Clear birthed the rich heyday of the grand hotels and great camp of the Adirondacks. This region has inspired many notables including Longfellow, Thoreau, Einstein and the Roosevelts and became the playground of the rich and famous.
Lake Clear is one of 58 bodies of water in the northeast quadrant of the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. The St. Regis Wilderness area provides an almost endless amount of picturesque recreational opportunities right outside the door and Lake Placid Olympic sites are nearby. Vivid fall foliage attracts leaf peepers, but this region boasts year-round color and activities.
Friends Lake Inn Chestertown, New York
Surrounded by the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, Friends Lake Inn overlooks the small, pristine lake. John and Trudy Phillips have made significant renovations to the intimate country inn. Luxury accommodations offer pampering amenities and the inn’s highly acclaimed restaurant entices the palate with creative New-American cuisine and a superior wine selection. Chef Matthew Bolton and Sous Chef Scott Dewar designed an innovative seasonal menu for autumn dining in the Adirondacks. The flavorful regional foods are as colorful as the gorgeous scenery. The inn lives up to its credo of “perfection without pretense.”
Saratoga Arms Saratoga Springs, New York 14727
An award-winning historic boutique hotel, Saratoga Arms is family-owned and operated by Noel and Kathleen Smith. A two-phase renovation project enlarged the downtown Saratoga Springs concierge hotel that features state-of-the-
Native Americans called the area’s natural mineral springs “Saratoga,”
Ten landscaped wooded acres surround Captain Schoonmaker’
Dutch settlers turned the region’s original flood plain into the nation’s breadbasket during the Revolution. Henry Hudson called it the “best land for farming he ever saw,” and it is now known as the Hudson River Valley. The Delaware & Hudson Canal Museum at water’s edge in High Falls invites you to follow the fascinating engineering of the famous D&H Canal. Go through a working model of a lock and dioramas as well as seeing the actual stonework and walking the towpaths along locks 16 to 20.Take a side trip to Rondout Harbor, once bustling with anthracite-barge traffic, now dotted with marinas, restaurants and shopping.
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